In our lives… We are enjoying our time back home even though Anna is really missing her grandparents. I took a week of vacation starting Wednesday, so we can spend the last days before a new school year as a family. Anna is finally very excited about starting school and can’t wait for Monday. She will be in a combo class K-1, where kindergarteners and first graders have separate curriculums, but also take some classes together. I think a mixed-age classroom will be good for her even though she will be by far the youngest child there. Everyone is raving about her teacher, and Anna is already walking around telling everyone that she has the best teacher in the world and the only teacher who is even better is Ms Frizzle from the Magic School Bus series.
Afterschooling was slowly restarting this week. Since daughter is so excited about her school, she has been begging for homework. I pulled out our Daily Math Grade 1 book, and we were doing “reading response” work. We didn’t have much time for anything else, since we decided to spend a lot of time in our community pool while we can.
Places we are going… We brainstormed collectively where we want to go during our vacation time and decided on Gilroy Gardens. Anna loves this park, and she had fun despite a rather hot day. We stayed a record 3+ hours without any whining or complaining. We also had the first playdate with her future classmates – a great way to meet the kids and the parents before the school starts. Today we will also have “Meet the Teacher” in her school.
My favorite this week is watching how far Anna has progressed in swimming this summer. She is very confident in the water – diving, floating on her back and practicing swimming – not because someone is making her, but because she really wants to be able to swim to the deep end of the pool. I don’t think she is quite ready for the deep end yet, but it’s exciting to see her developing this skill, which I view as an essential life skill.